The Denver Art Museum has combined quilts from their archives with recent acquisitions and created a beautiful new collection, on exhibit now. We love anything having to do with fabric and thread, and this exhibit was no exception.
More than 20 quilts, ranging from the mid 1800s to modern works, are arranged in striking groupings. Even some garments were on display, such as this Native American shirt. Though not quilted, every color you see is a separate pieced fabric.
Some of these quilts were so intricate they honestly blew me away. I can’t imagine the patience and dedication it required to complete! Look at this quilt, which was hand pieced and hand quilted in 1895:
This one was hand quilted in the 1870s:
Below is one of my favorites from the collection. Based on a pastel drawing inspired by postcards from her daughter’s trip to Switzerland, the artist dyed many of her own fabrics to get the perfect colors. 9,135 (that’s right, nine thousand one hundred and thirty five) 3/4″ squares combined to make the mosaic image of a mountain, lodge, trees and stream. The quilting lines act like brushstrokes, creating a sense of movement.
Truly works of art!
I love these intricate appliques, with the fabric motifs so perfectly placed!
The exhibit will be open for about another year, so plan a day trip to the Denver Art Museum and check out all the other fun exhibits and events that are going on!